Monday, April 11, 2016
ORNL in the News

Excitation Liquid SpinNew bizarre state of matter seems to split fundamental particles

(CBS News) A bizarre new state of matter has been discovered -- one in which electrons that usually are indivisible seem to break apart. The new state of matter, which had been predicted but never spotted in real life before, forms when the electrons in an exotic material enter into a type of "quantum dance," in which the spins of the electrons interact in a particular way, said Arnab Banerjee, a physicist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee...4/7

Microscopy AberrationsNovel spectroscopy by using aberrations

(Nanowerk News) When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. At Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Uppsala University, researchers have done the scientific equivalent by using, rather than eliminating, flaws inherent to electron microscopy to create probes for performing novel atomic-level spectroscopy...4/7

High School Students Team with UT, ORNL to Produce New Type of Nail

(Tennessee Today) UT and Oak Ridge National Laboratory have once again teamed up on a breakthrough technology—this time with a research idea inspired by a pair of high school students...4/7

Reviving fish population at White Oak Creek faces barriers

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) The capping of old nuclear burial sites to stem radioactive leaks and other cleanup measures have greatly improved the water quality in White Oak Creek, which meanders through the drainage basin of Oak Ridge National Laboratory...4/7

Pyrrole PetalsChalice receptors attract metal contaminants with new chemical selectivity

(Science Daily) The tendency to balance charges drives dynamics when charged atoms or molecules, called ions, are present in solutions. Recently, researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have found new ways to influence selectivity for specific positively charged ions (cations) with the addition of simple receptors, not for cations but rather for negatively charged ions (anions)...4/5

Science and Technology

Earth WobblesNASA study solves two mysteries about wobbling Earth

(PhysOrg) Using satellite data on how water moves around Earth, NASA scientists have solved two mysteries about wobbles in the planet's rotation—one new and one more than a century old. The research may help improve our knowledge of past and future climate...4/11

Energy and Science Policy

How Should the U.S. Fund Research and Development?

(The Atlantic) The United States leads the world in dollars invested in research. It won't for long: China plans to outpace it in the next four years. As a percent of their economy, Israel, Japan, South Korea, and Finland also all invest more in research than the United States does...4/8


Budgeting for a clean future in Oak Ridge

(Oak Ridge Today) Developing a budget for the massive cleanup efforts undertaken by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management, or OREM, requires advanced planning and careful prioritization of the program’s near-term and long-term goals...4/7

Synchronizing work on B61 bombs

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) In a recent posting on its website, Consolidated Nuclear Security — the government's managing contractor at the Y-12 and Pantex nuclear weapons plants — cited work on the B61-12 life extension project (which consolidates multiple versions of the bomb and replaces aged parts) as an example of a collaborative work environment and gains made by combining the management of the two facilities in Tennessee and Texas...4/8

U.S. Department of Energy Extends Portsmouth Decontamination and Decommissioning Contract through September 2018

(Business Wire) Fluor Corporation announced today that the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has exercised its option to extend the current decontamination and decommissioning work on the former Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant in Piketon, Ohio, for an additional 30 months...4/7

Secretary MonizU.S. Energy Secretary Moniz to attend National Lab Day in Delaware

(University of Delaware Daily) The University of Delaware will host U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest J. Moniz and representatives from the Department of Energy’s national laboratories at National Lab Day in Delaware, May 13, at UD’s Clayton Hall Conference Center...4/7

Local and State

All of KUB’s utility meters are about to get ‘smart’

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) Over the next four years, the Knoxville Utilities Board plans to replace every one of the 400,000 meters among its customers with what are commonly called smart meters...4/10

Oak Ridge could take lead in new TVA nuclear design, but critics question secrecy, need

(Chattanooga Times Free Press) More than four decades after the Tennessee Valley Authority abandoned plans to erect a breeder reactor on the Clinch River near Oak Ridge, the federal utility is pursuing another proposal to use the same site for another type of new nuclear power generation...4/9